Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A little bit of vintage charm


Arlene again, here to show you a layout using pretty brads and flowers. Ready to see?

 I think this photograph has a bit of that vintage look to it that could be made even more prettier with the Vintage Pearl Brads in pink. After using a border punch and then my handy dandy hole punch, I put the brads in. Loved the pink pearls so much that I used these rich looking vintage poppies with pearl brads in pastel pink. I switched the pearls so that everything still had that bronze rim to it. Want to see some closeups?

look at how rich and velvety these poppies look!

Take a look at those gorgeous brads, very pretty detailing!

I hope that I have inspired you to go "vintage" with these pretty products!

Have a great day!!!


Monday, May 30, 2011

May Flowers

I hate that May is almost over. It's my favorite month. I'm pretty sure it will come back again though.
Anyway, I was cleaning out my craft room when I came across a giant wooden clothes pin. I used to have buckets of them. I just thought they were the cutest thing. I still see them all over the place and in all kinds of stores. I decided that I should finally do something with it, so here's what I whipped up using the Pink Blooming Garden embellishments that I picked up with the May Kit of the Month...


What have you been hoarding that you can turn into something fabulous???

Bye for now!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ideas for Using Pearl Stickers

Don't you love it when you find a way to use an item in an unexpected location?  Usually pearls are used to add sophistication to a card or layout.  Today I am going to share with you one way I found to use them to add some dimension to whimsical projects.  
If you look closely you can see I used two different shades of pearls (Gradient Pearl Stickers in White & Gradient Pearl Stickers Assorted) and a variety of sizes as well.  I started with the biggest and just started filling in from there.  

I did a similar thing with my cloud on this layout using some of Nikki Sivil's cute Summer line.  I also used butterflies and flowers from Pink Blooming Garden and Blue Blooming Garden included in the May Kit of the month.  They match this line perfectly and added just the right touch.  I used the Gradient Pearl Stickers  in White for my Cloud.  I used a variety of sizes but stuck with one shade of pearls for this one.  You can judge for yourself which you like better.

Since I was on a roll with the pearls I decided to incorporate them on one more card.  This time it's in a more typical sophisticated look...but still a different use.


The bottom of this card is made up of layers of coffee filters.  By itself it was too much white.  I found the Pink Gradient Pearl Stickers to be a perfect fix for that.  They break up the white, but they also bring out the pink from the top of the card.  

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hydrangea Anyone?

I love all the little crochet goodies in this months kit.  They can make something so adorable in no time at all!  I took a little heart tin I had on hand,  but you could certainly use even a mint tin to make a this little flower box.  I covered it with designer paper and painted a glossy glue on for a finished look.  Granted you can't see a lot of the base in the pictures, but in person you can...so make it pretty :).  I took some of the ribbon that comes in the kit and glued around the edge to give a great finished look.  I then got a styrofoam ball cut it in half and painted it dark green.  This is where I glued the flowers and the leaves on to create a three dimensional hydrangea flower. 

I can see doing something like this for little favors at a table setting or just a thinking of you trinket.  It's springy, fun and easy peasy. 

Here's the best part of this project...you can get the embellishments you need all in the May's Kit.  Great price, wonderful selection and plenty to make with lots and lots of goodies. Just a few days left to get yours so hurry.

A Knitted Garden - 46 pieces
Each Kit Contains:
  • Knitted Strawberries - 3 Pieces
  • Orange Countryside Garden - 6 Pieces
  • Green Knitted Butterflies - 4 Pieces
  • Blue Small Knitted Flowers - 9 Pieces
  • Blue Blooming Garden - 12 Pieces
  • Pink Blooming Garden - 12 Pieces


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Recycled Project with Creative Charms

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's Angi with a fun recycled project that is fun and easy to make. I used one of my favorite Creative Charms product on it too. Have you checked out the Orange Sparkled Flowers yet? They are great to use to add some fun sparkle to any project. Plus they come in a variety of colors.

Here's my project!
I used recycled TILE to make this project.
They are great to give as gifts too!

Here are the steps to make one of your own:
1. Get tile from your local carpet/tile store. (Most will give you pieces for FREE)

2. Adhere your favorite patterned paper to the tile. Be sure to seal your paper on top with Mod Podge.

3. Adhere a clip on top of the patterned paper.

4. Add trim or ribbon to the top of your tile.

5. Add a fun recipe card to the clip. I used one from Bo Bunny.

6. Add some fun Creative Charms sparkle flowers to your recipe card.

Creative Charms products can be used in so many ways!
For more project details be sure to visit me at Cokie Pop Paper.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hellooooo all my awesome and fabulous blog readers and friends! It's that time of month (hahah) again for my Creative Charms feature! I'm featuring the May Kit of the Month this month: A Knitted Garden (click here), and wowweeeeee it's totally jam packed with goodies!
If you are new to my Creative Charms posting, each month Creative Charms does a special "SUPER SAVER" kit and deal. They basically pack each kit and deal at 50-75% off; so it's amazing for us frugal
crafty girls!!!
I wanted to make a quick and useful project today that I could share with you. I absolutely LOVE notepads and sketchpads. I'm forever doodling, jotting notes, writing down reminders, etc. Well when I was at Costco the other day, I found this HUGE pack of the small yellow lined notepads. I wanted to make a quick covered notepad. I love the little things, and believe me when I say this will make my day each time I jot into this sweet little owly-hoo notepad!
Don't forget, I'll have a give-away for you--so make sure to hop over to my blog for that by clicking on the little owl at the bottom of this post!

Owly-Hoo Take Note (Covered Note Pad) by K Andrew
Supplies: Mini note-pad (5x8), Knitted Orange Flowers (Creative Charms), Knitted Green Butterflies (Creative Charms), scalloped edge swiss dot turquoise ribbon (Creative Charms), Pink sewn felted flower (Creative Charms), Crochet doily strip (Dollar Store), Pink Pearl Bling (Creative Charms), Owl printed paper (Adorn It!), Pink textured paper (WeRMemoryKeepers)

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Watch my video to see how to take a plain yellow lined notepad into something charming worthy of crafty notes and doodles!

Make sure to stop by Creative Charms store to grab this fabulous Kit of the Month: A Knitted Garden before they are a gone (there's only a few left!). It happens every month, and I don't want you to miss out on this one! If you make anything with this fabulous kit, don't forget to share it with me via email, my blog Getting Cricky, or my facebook page, and on Creative Charms facebook page! We LOVE to see your projects!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Steeler Bling!

Happy Monday to you!  Sandra here to share my designer's choice project for today.

Thinking of Hines and Kym preparing for the Dancing with the Stars finale I was inspired to do a Steelers layout.  Thanks to my fantastic sister I had the wonderful opportunity to attend my very first Pittsburgh Steelers game last fall!  As a lifelong Steelers fan this was a dream come true for me!!!

My sister and I started our day "tailgating" at a Champagne brunch at the Rivers Casino - can you say mimosa?  I did! :o)  We then tried our luck at the slots for a little while before we walked from the casino to Heinz Field.  Along the way to the stadium we were snapping pictures (we are scrapbookers you know) and during one of the handoffs we fumbled the camera and it hit the sidewalk. Well, that was the end of that camera so all of the photos from inside the stadium were taken with our cell phones.  Even though my beloved Steelers lost by three the experience was fabulous!

You know that I love, love, love all of the great bling products that Creative Charms has to offer so it goes without saying that I had to bling up my layout using Creative Charms Vintage Jewels in Steeler logo colors and some Gradient Gem Stickers.

I created a pocket in the lower left side of the page for my ticket and blinged it with three Vintage Jewels.
I used the Amber Gradient Gem Stickers (the medium and small) to create the bling football and added three more Vintage Jewels for the logo.
A close up of the Steeler logo.
A close up of the bling football. 
A close up of the pocket for my ticket.
I may change out the Amber Vintage Jewels in the logos for a Vintage Jewels - CLEAR colored with a yellow Copic Marker.  I always keep clear gems on hand just in case I need to color them with Copics to get the exact shade that I want for my project.

Creative Charms products used:

Check out the products that I used and all of the other great products at 

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!  Go Hines and Kym!!!
Sandra :o)

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Victorian Appeal!

 I loved all the crocheted items in the May Kit of the Month, A Knitted Garden!  On this birthday card I used the flowers from the Orange Countryside Garden.  I also added the Amber Gradient Gem Stickers from Deal of the Month.  I stamped Happy Birthday on the White Daisy cardstock from CTMH and backed it with embossed Bazzil Peridot Gemstone Cardstock and Creme Brulee cardstock from CTMH.  Used the MS ZigZag embossing border punch to finish the edge.  Lace is from my stash and leave are the MS Pine Branch Punch.  I love the soft look of this punch and use it quite a lot. DP is from DCWV.

Here is a close up of these adorable flowers.  They would also look great with a Pearl Brad in the center.  So many things you can do with these flowers.  Once you try them you will want all the colors available.  Enjoy!

Here is everything you get in the Kit of the Month!  Fantastic Deal!!

Each Kit Contains:
  • Knitted Strawberries - 3 Pieces
  • Orange Countryside Garden - 6 Pieces
  • Green Knitted Butterflies - 4 Pieces
  • Blue Small Knitted Flowers - 9 Pieces
  • Blue Blooming Garden - 12 Pieces
  • Pink Blooming Garden - 12 Pieces

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Create your own Flourishes

Hi everyone!

Lisa here.  I wanted to share with you today a quick tutorial.  It never fails, I want to add rhinestone flourishes to my projects and either I don't have the right color or shape flourish for my project.  I have a great solution.  Creating your own flourishes is really quite simple.  Creative Charms has so many amazing colors of gradient gems that you have endless choices. Here is how I created mine. 

1. Start by finding a flourish image that you like.  I found this great image as a free download at Free Illustrator Downloads. After resizing it in Adobe Photoshop, I printed it on plain white paper.  I then used a paper piercer to poke holes in the pattern.

2.  I then placed it on my project and used a pencil to mark the holes. 

3.  Then simply add gradient gems.  After adding gradient gems where you need them, erase any marks that are still visible.

And here is my final project.  I also added Gradient pearls to the scallop and some vintage brads. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Special Flowers for Special Cards

Hi, it's Diane today and I have a couple of cards to share with you.  These cards feature some of the beautiful and unusual flowers available from Creative Charms.

This is a blue Multi-layered Organza Flower - these flowers are so lovely and shimmery.  I thought the center pearl was a bit small for my card design, so I snipped the thread that holds it and added a larger white pearl Gradient Gem Sticker.

I also added medium pearl gem stickers and clear gem stickers to the outer points and some small gem stickers to some of the intersecting lines in the center section of the blue flower.  I designed this lacy flower shape with the Calligraphy Collection Cricut cartridge.

This baby card has a nostalgic pink chenille flower from the Fuzzy Daisy Kit.  Something about chenille just gives me a warm cozy feel!

The daisy comes with a polka dot center.  I decided to change this out for a large pink butterfly brad from the pink Blooming Garden collection.

A strip of pink Fancy Polka Dot Ribbon finishes the top of the card.

The sentiment was cut with the Cuttlebug Welcome Baby Combo Set.  The dotted paper is from the Cricut Imagine More Cards cartridge - I printed a full 12 x 12 sheet and trimmed it for the card.

If you would like more details and directions for making these cards, you'll find them on my personal blog, Capadia Designs.  Take a look around the Creative Charms website to see lots of other beautiful and unusual flowers that will make great focal points for your cards and projects.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Perfect Embellishment

Ever work on a project and look through your embellishments and say "Wow - that works perfect!"? That is what happened with my latest Wedding Invitation Collage.

The Creative Charms Vintage Velvet Poppies worked perfect with this collage. I added a paper flower behind the blue one to make it stand out. I also like using the Vintage Pearl Brads in White on these types of projects. They really are a nice accent to a formal piece.

The invite was a folder and cut the front with the couple's names embossed on it. I off-set it.

Here are a few closeups..

The scallop shape and strip at the bottom are from SVG Cuts.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Guess What...

Hi! Arlene here, absolutely thrilled to become a Creative Charms DT member! I've been peeking here in awe with all of the talented ladies here, have you been enjoying seeing all of the products being showcased so beautifully? I have!

My assignment for today is "Deal of The Month". When I got my package and saw all of the magnificent bling, I almost fell out of my chair. I have to say that I love the quality. I was able to take the bling off the packaging without the bling separating from the glue, (am I the only one who dislikes when that happens?) and I love how the colors are packaged. I made 2 cards:

supplies used:
Gradient Gems in Pink, Polka Dot Ribbon in Blue

using the Gradient Gem stickers as accents really made little details that could go un-noticed really pop. Ready to see another project?

 supplies used:
Gradient Pearl Stickers in Assorted, Polka Dot Ribbon in Blue  These pearls are sooo pretty! I need more! I'm not sure if this will remain a card or if I'll be framing this to display somewhere. I LOVE this ribbon, I really loved layering them. So very pretty! I hope I've inspired you to get blingy with the May Deal of The Month.

All Blinged out!


Friday, May 13, 2011

Butterflies, Butterflies, and a few more Butterflies

I'm Christine and I am thrilled to be joining in the fun here at Creative Charms.  I created this layout first but was having so much fun, I decided to work on a card to share with you too.  
I had the idea for these butterflies in my head and the Gradient Gem Stickers provided me with plenty of gems to make the project work.  It was great having access to all the different colors and shades of those colors to make it work.
Supplies Used: 

I made this card as part of a challenge for Cards magazine but with the intention of using some of the fun goodies you can get here!  The Loop d loop flowers have such a unique look, they really stand out and make a project look special!  I also used some red gems to add some bling to the card.
Supplies used: 

I'm looking forward to visiting with you regularly over the next few months!
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